From Virtual to Physical – Actually Meeting Another Cast of Dads Member!

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This past Tuesday, I had the good fortune to actually meet one of the Cast of Dads members in person, Jeff Sass from Dadomatic.com. Jeff happened to be in town for the SF MusicTech Summit and since I’m based in San Francisco, we managed to meet up at an event called SFBeta. Our backgrounds are very different but we share the same passion for technology and parenthood (specifically fatherhood). We came together originally (and virtually) as part of a program with Sony called the Sony DigiDads project and we and the other 3 members (CC Chapman, Max Kalehoff & Brad …

The Ford Sync – a “Knight Rider” for the Rest of Us

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review, Safety, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember way back in the 80’s there was a TV show called Knight Rider where one of the two main characters was a car that talked to you and responded to your voice commands? Of course K.I.T.T. (the name of the car which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand), did a lot more than just answer commands, he drives “himself”, can remotely come and pick you up, dodge weaponry and a bunch of really cool other things. Sounds like the perfect school taxi to me. Anyway, the reason I bring up Knight Rider is because after spending about 10 days …

Video & How-To Install a Hard Drive on a MacBook Pro (non-unibody): Clone & Boot Camp too!

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Review, Software, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

For all of those people who are interested in breathing a little bit of life into an older MacBook Pro, this post is for you. My non-unibody 15″ beaten and worn MacBook Pro had about 3 GB of free hard drive space on it. And this is even after I had upgraded it about 2 years ago with a 320 GB Western Digital Scorpio Black hard drive. All of my recent video reviews have been sucking up precious space on my hard drive and even despite regular archives, it had become just too full. So, the kind folks at Western …

Special Edition of Cast of Dads (Video) Podcast – “Live from SxSW 2010”

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Even though South by Southwest (SxSW) is long over, the memory lives on. 3 of the 5 dads from Cast of Dads were there for this great conference which takes place in Austin, Texas and we decided to do something a bit different. The Cast of Dads that were at SxSW ventured over to the Dad Labs studio and we recorded our first ever video podcast, using the miracles of broadband connections, webcams and Skype. In this episode, the “locals” were Daddy Brad (from DadLabs.com), CC Chapman (from DigitalDads) and Jeff Sass (from Dad-O-Matic) while Max Kalehoff (from AttentionMax) and …

SchlageLINK Gives You Security & Access, Even When You Aren’t Home

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iPhone, Mobile, Review, Safety, Security, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Keys are a pain! I have so many keys on my keychain that I feel like a locksmith and I’m not even sure what keys go to what lock. But you can’t just throw them away, right? And, keys get lost. To top it off, they are simply and completely low tech. Also, the more people you have in the family, the more keys you have to make and as soon as someone loses one, you might have to change all of your locks. The SchlageLINK not only eliminates the need for keys, it also lets you assign codes to …

The Ever-Changing Weather of the “Clouds” – What is Cloud Computing Anyway?

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I would think that by now, many of you would have heard the term “Cloud” used when talking about Internet “stuff.” In passing, a common phrase thrown around is “it’s saved to the Cloud” or “it’s in the Cloud.” So, that’s fine, but many people don’t know what that really means. Hopefully, I can help explain it but honestly, instead of this process becoming easier as the concept evolves, I am finding it becoming even more…er…cloudy. My day job actually is about helping people understand what Cloud Computing really is. I’m the Technology Evangelist for a Cloud Computing Infrastructure Hosting …

The HTC HD2 is THE Windows Mobile Phone to Get!

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

Did that title grab you? It is perhaps a bit misleading simply because I have only tested a handful of Windows 6.5 Mobile phones to date. Most of my focus has been on the iPhone and a few Android-based phones. However, I do feel that it is important to talk about the HTC HD2 (TMobile link), especially since it will be hitting the US market (carried by TMobile) in March 2010. There are two versions of this phone, the Non-US version and the US-version. The only main differences are with RAM/ROM and button coloring. The last Windows Mobile (WinMo) phone …

Conquer the Wind & Rain with the Uniquely Designed SENZ Stealth Umbrella

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Bring on the sideways rain! I’m even ready for a mini-hurricane to come blowing down the street and try to take my umbrella, rip it up and destroy it! In fact, I’m ready to take on just about anything that Mother Nature can throw my way. The reason I think this way is because of a techy umbrella I have been testing out, the SENZ Stealth Umbrella. So lets think about this, how many times have you bought a cheap umbrella and had it turn inside out on you or have a rib break in it or have the end …

How Can Such a Small Speaker Boom so HUGE? Reviewing the iLive IT319B 3.1 Speaker

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When I first hooked up the iLive IT319B 3.1 Channel Home Music System, plugged in my iPod and turned up the volume a bit, I was literally floored at how LOUD it was! Event at 1/3 volume (does it go up to 11?) it was shaking the room with thunderous bass and crisp and clean highs. Turning it up a bit more to almost painful volumes produced barely any distortion (that I could measure with my untrained ear), yet still had more power ready to throw out into the environment. Instantly, my kitchen table (where I do many video product …

Cell Phones, Tweens, Texting & Conversations – Child & Family Cellular Safety Thoughts

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Parenting, Review, Safety, Social Networking, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

If you are a parent of a tween (a pre-teenager), you have probably hit the stage of your child wanting a cell phone. My wife and I broke down (or were gradually worn down) about a year ago with our oldest and she got hers when she was about 10. She wasn’t (and still isn’t) allowed to take it to school and only carries it with her when she goes to her after school activities (although she looks for any excuse possible to carry it!). It’s one of those “coming of age” things. My view of cell phones and children …

The Neat Company Gets Your Receipt Pile Under Control & Digitally Organized – MacWorld Expo Interview

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I must admit, I am WAY behind on writing about The Neat Company, NeatCo, for short. I received some of their products last year to do an “extended” review of sorts. The idea was that I would integrate their NeatDesk (Mac & PC) and NeatReceipts (Mac & PC) products into my lifestyle. Unfortunately, I think I was a bit overly ambitious and perhaps a bit frightened about having to scan in ALL of my receipts and bills that are currently piled in a box on the floor. But all excuses aside, I made sure that I scheduled an appointment at …

Hands-on Video: Parrot’s AR.drone – iPhone Controlled Quadrocopter Compliments their Vision

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MacWorld Expo 2010 kicked off yesterday but even before the Expo exhibit hall opened, I was having fun with a gadget that got a lot of hype at CES 2010 – the Parrot AR.drone, an iPhone-controlled, Augmented Reality “quadrocopter”. While not actually a part of MacWorld, the Parrot team was just down the street from the Expo giving hands-on previews of the AR.drone and a variety of their other products. I was lucky enough to get actual piloting experience of the AR.drone. I was also given some time with some of the other Parrot products including the Zikmu (speakers) and …

How To Upgrade an iMac G5’s Hard Drive – iFixit.com to the Rescue!

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A few weeks ago, my daughter’s (hand-me-down) 20″ iMac G5 started acting up. It was showing the infamous “spinning beachball”, was locking up, the fan was running a lot and loud and the machine was having kernel panics. I did a quick S.M.A.R.T. scan on it which is usually a good indication of the health (or lack there of) of a hard drive. The results of that test confirmed my suspicions, the hard drive was dying and needed to be replaced immediately. I made a quick clone of it right away! So I started asking around on Twitter for some …

Reviewing the Nokia N900 – a Smartphone with Lots of Potential

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For the past several weeks, I have been doing some on and off testing of the Nokia N900, a smart phone running on Nokia’s proprietary operating system, the Maemo 5. I personally have never been a Nokia follower and as I think back, the only Nokia device that I have owned was an old PacBell PCS cellphone from many years back. Nokia has a good reputation and following, especially in Europe, but in my opinion have had a hard time breaking into a mainstream US smartphone community due to the availability of many other smartphone devices. However, I do know …